the Next Chapter…

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Four months of staying in one place. FOUR MONTHS! Haha. It was not what I was expecting, but with the USA having four seasons, we of course were going to need to stay somewhere warm for the winter. For us that was southern California. When I think of southern California I think of LA & San Diego. No we were far south. Right by the Mexican border actually. Anyway, these past few months have been less about adventure and more about working online, going to the gym, doing taxes, fixing our slide, enjoying warm weather and chillin in the hot tub. Well, this chapter is ending in a few days and a new one will begin…

There are times I get frustrated with living in an RV. I think anyone who does this full-time probably experiences the same thing; waiting for the hot water heater, hitting your head on something, dishes overflowing, etc. What makes it amazing though are all the places you get to see and the people you meet. I think Washington DC, New York City and the Grand Canyon have been my favorite places we have visited so far. While the area that we are currently in is not the most interesting, it is probably the best RV Park we have been to. The weather, hot tub and the people are great! We will most likely be returning for next winter. I say most likely because with us, you never really know where we are going to end up – haha!

What I am most excited about for the remainder of 2019 are the national parks that we will get to see. We also have not seen our families in quite a while, so we will also have an opportunity to do that.

I love being able to avoid cold weather. I love visiting the iconic attractions of America, and also the hidden gems. I love having the choice to just sit in my chair, stare at a mountain and enjoy the warm weather or going out and having an adventure. I like having freedom. Freedom to control my work schedule. Freedom to roam the United States and beyond. When we had our dog walking business people would mention that we had freedom. And we did. We were our own bosses, but the level of freedom that we have now is so much greater than before. I am currently living a dream of mine while working towards another dream. A bigger dream. As I write this, it seems very much like my sleeping dreams – how I can be in one dream and then shift into another dream.

Although traveling is a dream of mine, it does not  mean it is 24/7 happiness. I’m happier, but it doesn’t mean that things can’t be frustrating or difficult at times. Life is not perfect. It is also interesting to think how my dream can be someone else’s nightmare. This life style is not for everyone. I am not the type of individual that thrives in the 9-5, have a boss, stay in one place type of energy. Although I work 36-42 hours per week, I usually never work more than 6 hours per day nor do I have a long commute. My commute is me getting my ass out of bed, walking  a few feet over to my computer and turning the coffee  pot on. I like it haha.

I don’t know how long we will be living in a RV, but I am currently enjoying the simplicity of everything now. One thing I know is that after seeing the USA, we will be wanting to explore other countries. I want to learn other languages and experience other cultures. My current job is helping me not only improve my communication skills, but it also gives me a chance to  speak with people from all over the world. When I learn about different countries I get excited. What can I say, I’m an explorer – this is who I am.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/20/19 | CA

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Getting Paid to Talk

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I started out our journey with the mindset that teaching meditation on the road (in person & online) would find traction quickly, like our previous business and all would be well. Well, I was wrong – haha. So, instead of teaching at studios, stores or over the phone I have dedicated my energy to putting spiritual content on YouTube. During this process I was searching for another way to earn money and that is when I found Cambly.

Cambly is an online platform for those wanting to learn English. To become a teacher you just have to submit an application and video. You don’t need a college degree which is nice because I dropped out. Basically you get paid to have conversations with people from all around the world. On occasion I will actually do a lesson with a student, but most of the time we are just having a conversation. 

Cambly is great because you can set your hours and teach anytime you want. This is a great opportunity to make some extra cash and is probably used best as a part-time job. I’m actually using it as a full-time job because we travel all the time. You get paid weekly and as long as you’re doing well on Cambly you can create a schedule three weeks in advance.

Now there are definitely some cons to this job. If you are working a busy day like Saturday, then the hourly rate is reasonable, but if it is a slow day you can be waiting around a lot and can become frustrating. I do most of my work on the computer like editing videos and writing, so I just use that time to get some work done, so it is not too bad. 

With my wife teaching on VIPKID and with myself teaching on Cambly we are able to travel full-time and pay the bills. It is not our “dream jobs” but it is allowing us to live our dream and build our next dream – YouTube! If you are going to use cambly while traveling just beware that it will eat up a lot of data, so have a good plan! I recommend AT&T. We have three hotspots, two are AT&T and one is Verizon. Each AT&T hotspot allows us to have 100 GB of data, so between all three of our hotspots we get 215 GB of data per month. This is enough for web browsing, teaching and uploading youtube videos. 

While Cambly can be frustrating sometimes because you get hung up on frequently due to people not knowing how to use the application or are just shy, it is worth it in the end because you can meet some cool people, help them and make some money in the process. You get to be in charge of your schedule and not have a boss, it ain’t that bad at all.

Yesterday my wife and I were sitting in the hot tub at our RV park and I thought how lucky we are. We have so much freedom…

-Andrew

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Waking Up…

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I’ve been keeping a dream log for almost 2 weeks now. It is helping me remember my dreams more. I have been doing visual meditation including work on my astral body and attempted a few astral projections, but have failed. I am getting better at putting my body to sleep. I felt as though I have had two experiences where I was starting to enter the vibrational stage of astral projection, but can’t seem to make any more progress. I haven’t been doing this too long so I need to remind myself to be patient. Putting your body to sleep can be a task on it’s own.

 It is weird to think that we have been living and traveling in a RV for almost 7 months. We have traveled across the entire country. This would be the second time I have achieved this in my life. The first time was by car though and it only took me 1.5 weeks. Traveling is a dream of mine. I imagine I will do it for a long time. Will it always be in a RV? For exploring the U.S. – yes, but going abroad obviously not. There are many countries Heather and I want to visit, but we are still not sure how we want to go about it. 

I miss Tucson. I loved the energy there; warm weather, mountains, the bike path, the city…. A few days before we left I went for a bike ride and forgot how much I loved to bike. Yuma, AZ is similar to Tucson. The weather is good, there are mountains, but it is definitely not the same. I imagine while we are here we will most likely rent an ATV to ride in the desert, visit San Diego, maybe visit Phoenix, AZ, go hiking, etc. It is nice knowing we are not going to freeze our asses off this winter – haha. I am not a fan of the cold. There is one thing that I am having a conflict with and that is I have always loved the ocean, but… I don’t like humidity. Living in the desert for the first time in my life, I have come to really enjoy the warm and dry climate. I am falling more in love with mountains. This is one aspect of traveling that I love – you continue learning, learning more about the Earth, learning more about yourself. 

What I am, well – remembering, is that I love to dream. I love to dream and then go do it. This journey on the road is exactly that. It is by far not a perfect experience. There are things I did not anticipate or expect, but that is life. But I am starting to remember my passion for sleeping dreams. I have an overwhelming excitement and drive in regards to lucid dreaming and astral projection. I love the process of spiritually waking up. I can’t wait to have my first projection. I will definitely share it once it happens. I also look forward to seeing how this whole process affects my creativity and waking life. To be greatly excited to wake up to a wonderful life and to be excited to fall asleep and dream – this is a continuous goal.

If you could paint your life, what would it look like? If you could paint your sleeping dreams, what would they look like? What colors would you use? That prison you may find yourself in doesn’t have to remain… Could you not just paint a new picture and replace it with the old… and like a seed in the earth, would you experience such growth? Would you smile at the magic you have always had? Would you then begin to wake up? Would you then realize, all that you need, maybe it is already inside of you, waiting to be unleashed…

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11/26/18 | CA

the Simplicity of the PAST

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There once was a time before the internet, 1,000 + TV channels and cell phones. It was a time of simplicity. It was a time of riding your bike in the autumn leaves, climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music. This was my childhood. 

As a child I remember quite often listening to rock n roll. That was it? Yup, that was it. I recall many times just sitting on the floor or running around the house to the music that blasted out of the stereo speakers; Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, etc

I have a love / hate relationship with technology. I love it, I need it, but I do miss the times when you could just sit in the same room with other people listening to music instead of staring at screens. I love how social media can help connect you with others and help with spreading a message, but it can also be incredibly time wasting.

I remember a short time period where we didn’t have to dial the area code, there were no cell phones to text people you were going to be late and facebook did not exist. I miss those times and that is one reason why we started to RV full time. We wanted to spend more time outdoors and having adventures. To be real though, we have to maintain a balance. To earn money, I have to be at the computer helping others with English or editing videos and writing blogs. I guess it goes with anything life – balance is key.

Do you remember a time when things were just more simple? How do you keep a balance of technology and staying away from screens?
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.5.18  | AZ

Learning on the fly

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We are in love with Tucson! The weather is great here. Of course it isn’t summer right now and the temperature can get pretty high then, but the humidity is so low here. I loved being near the beach when we were staying at a RV park in New Jersey, but I couldn’t stand the humidity there. To be honest, dessert vegetation is not my favorite, but with the combination of the mountains and great weather, it can be overlooked. Something I just found out was that Tucson is one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. That is one thing I do miss when we lived in Chicago. I really enjoyed biking throughout the city. I love the freedom that comes along with biking.

Traveling full-time and working on our business has been an on-the-fly learning experience. In the outskirts of Chicago we worked at yoga studios and spiritual shops. There were parts about it we liked and of course parts of it that we didn’t. We eventually shifted to just focusing on workshops and have not found much success in doing that. I think what we are going to do now is put all of our energy into YouTube. While for us YouTube is primarily a place for us to upload adventure videos, but we can also add yoga and meditation videos. I also have a podcast I just started that I can use to discuss topics in spirituality. 

We have about 2.5 weeks until we leave Tuscon, but there is still a lot we want to see here. After Arizona we will be heading to southern California. I am excited to continue to have warm weather despite us heading into winter. I have been getting the urge to practice vocals more and more and to my surprise our next RV Park has a room that I can use to practice. This is awesome, because we will most likely be there for about three months.

So we are just going to continue exploring, putting all of our energy into YouTube and I am going to be practicing singing as much as I can. I have always wanted to learn to sing and I can’t put it off any longer. I really want to get better so I can do some covers on YouTube and then eventually create original content. Like anything, I just got to take it day by day. 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.1.18 | AZ

A Grand Experience | RV Life

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Well we have made it to Arizona! After seeing the meteor crater, grand canyon and Tucson, this is definitely one of our favorite states. I must say, it feels good knowing that it is October and it is in the 80’s. I have been waiting for this for a very long time. I am not a fan of cold weather – haha!

There are a few things I dislike about living in a RV, but having the ability to move, go to the warmer weather and see some truly amazing places, this is exactly what I want to be doing right now. We have freedom and freedom is a beautiful thing. There are some bad people out in this world, but most people we come across are very kind. I’ve known this for a very long time, that it would be a waste to not see the world. I always knew that I wanted to explore and we are certainly doing it in a unique way now. 

There was something about seeing the Grand Canyon that was deeply satisfying. I look forward to having more moments like that. I feel as though there will be quite a few of those when we go abroad. I don’t know when that will be, but we will make it happen. I am a very determined individual. I may fail a lot, but I usually find the finish line one way or another. 

We have been on the road for about six months now. I think it is finally becoming more real for our friends and family that we are really doing this. From the outside it doesn’t look like a very “stable” way of living. With the technology and the internet, it is more than feasible to make this lifestyle work. It’s really a great way to see the United States. 

There are things I miss about having an apartment, but I don’t miss paying over $1000 / month in rent. I also don’t miss that feeling of being stuck in one place. Sure I miss having more space at times, but when it is this nice outside, I would rather just be outdoors. I love walking out of our RV and seeing mountains in the distance. I love knowing that we paid less than $500 for rent this month. The people we meet, the friends we get to see and the places we go – it is all very much worth it. 

As often as we move, it makes it more difficult to setup yoga and meditation gigs. We were hoping to setup workshops and to be honest, it is kind of a pain in the ass dealing with some studios. Most studios tend to take a high percentage of your earnings. I understand that their time, energy and electricity come at a cost, but not 50 – 60 precent of our earnings. We lucked out in Chicago because I got to work with a really awesome spiritual store called the Gypsy Haven. Super awesome people and they know how to do business. I really liked them. 

I look forward to exploring Tucson, making more videos, doing more readings and figuring out a next step for teaching meditation. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

10/24/18 | AZ

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Traveling & Making Money Online

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Most people tend to full-time RV when they are retired. Not us. What really helped propel us into this new life style is our passion for adventure and of course selling our dog walking business. No we are not rich, not even close. Hell, we don’t even have a savings. Yes, we have a new business, but we only make a little money from that. Some months for Souls Gone Wild are really good and others are not. That is just the truth at the moment. What allows us to keep on moving are our other jobs. 

My wife and I both teach English online. Heather teaches Chinese children through the platform called VIPKID. I teach on Cambly which allows me to meet people from all around the world. To boil it down, I basically get paid to talk and listen. It is simple and I love it. I log online and wait for incoming calls. Most people want to just talk and some want to go over specific English lessons. When I am not taking a call, I try to relax, edit our youtube videos or work on a blog. What is great about our jobs is that we are both self employed. We can create our own work schedule which works really well when we have travel or adventure days. While these jobs provide a lot of freedom and we enjoy them, they are still jobs. They keep us on the road, but eventually we would love for our youtube channel and blog to take off. 

I was really hoping for a smooth transition from our dog walking business to teaching yoga & meditation. It has not been that easy. We have had some awesome months and some difficult months. But, we are still here… in the middle of a desert – haha! We love traveling and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than where we are now. I love traveling full-time. I love the fact that this winter we are not going to have to just deal with the cold. As a matter of fact, we will be in southern California where I greatly look forward to riding four-wheelers out in the sand dunes. Fuck yeah!

The goal is to keep traveling and teaching English, yoga and meditation. We don’t really have a “plan” and that is what is such a relief. We are really learning as we go. With that, I have to ask – what are you current goals? What are you currently learning in life?

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

10/16/18 | NM

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